Teabeau’s Huang Shan Mao Feng is sourced from a plantation in this teas home province of Huang Shan county, and is produced using traditional manual methods. This tea’s unique taste and shape comes from it being the only Chinese green tea that is made without using any buds, new leaves or stems. During processing, mature leaves are separated out and then carefully cut by hand to remove any stems and the central leaf vein. They then undergo a lengthy drying and rolling process, resulting in its unique round shape.
When brewed Huang Shan Mao Feng has a great complex sweet taste, and a bright, emerald color to the tea.
Process of Huang Shan Mao Feng
The process of Huang Shan Mao Feng is unique. It is the only kind of tea made of pure leaf –without any buds and petiole. Only use the leaves picked before the lunar term Grain Rain as material. It is not only unique, but also difficult. Picking the fresh leaf of Huang Shan Mao Feng takes a lot of efforts. It must have no buds and petiole; the second piece of leaf from the top is the best.
After picked, the leaves must be spread for a period of time, and then be stir-fried. Stir-frying requires high temperature. The workers’ faces turn red because of heat. Thus if they don’t have perseverance and skill, this work cannot be done. The key is to control the fire’s temperature. Workers must adjust the time of frying depends on the changing of temperature. That’s quite hard.
The roasting of Huang Shan Mao Feng is another unique skill among green teas. There are three steps for producing the beautiful flavor.
Three steps in roasting: first roast, second roast (light roast), third roast. The door and window must be locked tightly. These 3 steps are the key. Especially the third step is the most difficult skill to learn in processing Huang Shan Mao Feng.
Brief Health Info
Being made only from mature leaves, that have had more time to accumulate and form nutrients, plus it being made only from leaves, without any stems, Huang Shan Mao Feng reportedly has the highest nutritional level amongst all green teas.
Also, as with all green teas, the minimal processing steps means that it also retains green tea’s renowned high levels of antioxidants, so make it a great tea to help reduce the possibility of forms of cancer and giving it great anti-aging cosmetic benefits.
For more information on the health benefits of Green teas, take a look at our article on Tea Health benefit.
Where is our Huang Shan Mao Feng green tea produced
Our Huang Shan Mao Feng is from the home area, Mountain in Huang Shan Country, Anhui. Farms are on the high slopes of the area, all above 1,500 ft elevation (500m) surrounded by natural forest and high mountain peaks.
Map of Anhui province
About Tea Farmer
This Huang Shan Mao Feng from Mr. Kong who have been engaged in tea field for more than ten years. He focus on providing high quality teas to tea lovers all over the world and always produces more and more natural, safe and healthy teas including the Green tea we choose : Tai Ping Hou Kui, Huang Shan Mao Feng, Xin Yang Mao Jian and Dragon Well Green Tea (Long Jing).
Mr. Kong elaborated his feeling about the tea culture: Tea Culture is a general concept which is different for people in different area. Although it is complex but there’s one thing that can be sure, that is the same as manage the enterprise, tea culture also needs management along with its quick development in the modern world.
According to the owner of the farm where this tea is grown, whose family has been in the area for generations, Huang Shan Mao Feng started life in about 1905, when a local tea master from the Huang Shan Tea Shop purchased some larger tea leaves, then innovatively removed the stems and stalks and made a new type of green tea from just the resulting cut down leaves. It was then an immediate success, which inspired all the local tea farmers to produce a tea in a similar fashion. In the following years the current involved rolling and pan drying process evolved, giving rise to Huang Shan Mao Feng is distinctive plump shape and complex sweet taste.